Global AI Ship Traffic MSFS - GAIST Ultra Version 3
This is Version 3.0 of the Global AI Ship Traffic Ultra. More than 400 new ships have been added since last version bringing the number of unique ship models close to 900 and the number of ships including repaints close to 1800. The route coverage has been expanded increasing traffic density though focus is as usual to have a diverse ship traffic according to what you could see in each region. To reduce load on computer systems, the ship routes have in this version been included as separate regional packages, so you only need to install the routes in the area where you intend to fly. Also the ship models have been prepared to work with a future Real Time Version of the project under development.
Among new models in this version are several new cruise ships, different types of fishing boats complementing the existing fleet of regional fishing vessels from around the world. Also, the increasing number of ultra large containerships is reflected with new models and the fleet of oil and gas tankers expanded, and a number of ferries have been included in particular in the Pacific North West and in North Europe.
More than a hundred ferry routes are covered with their specific ferries, and you will find naval exercises with Navy ships from most regions. Watch a full-scale NATO landing exercise on the West Coast of the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark or the Brazilian or Chinese navies doing the same in their respective areas. Watch the departure of a Tall Ship race from Saint Malo, Kiel or Sandefjord or an around the world sail race departing from Gothenburg... Go looking for Maersk Alabama in the exact spot she was attacked by pirates of the coast of Somalia as later depicted in the movie Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks. More than 40.000 ship movements ensure that the sea is no longer empty.
Models and textures by Erwin Welker, Jean-Pierre Fillion, Knud Kristoffersen, Martin Rueedi, Larry Robinson, Dexter, Milton Shupe, Manfred Siedler, Bernardo Barroso, Paul Donnelly, Finn Kristoffer, Didier ‘‘Lagaffe’’ Puentes, Andrew Thomsen, Kevair, Robystar, Antonio Diaz, Sebastien Viale, Alberto Garcia, Cxema, Pascal Dumat, Rick Keller, Lazarus Starkweather, Dave Garwood, Darren Lane, Jan de Jong, Henrik Nielsen, and more
A great thank also to the many beta testers and a special thanks to the shipping company DFDS www.dfds.com for providing documentation to make realistic models of their fleet of passenger and freight ferries and to DGzRS Die Seenotretter for allowing to model their 28m rescue boat Nis Randers. You can find more information about their see rescue operation and support them here: https://www.seenotretter.de/
Idea and conceptualization Henrik Nielsen, KL791
For support and additional information please follow our threads on the project on forums.flightsimulator.com, avsim.com, fsdeveloper.com, sim-outhouse.com in English, on flightsim.no in Norwegian and Danish, on voovirtual.com in Portuguese, and pilote-virtuel.com in French.
Before installation please remove all old versions of Global AI Ship Traffic / GAIST. However if you use https://flightsim.to/file/21430/global-ai-ship-traffic-great-lakes you can leave this active as this version 3 of Global AI Ship Traffic GAIST Ultra does not cover the Great Lakes.
To install please unzip and drop the include files in your Community folder. You must as a minimum have the folder GAIST Ultra, which contains all ships, and one route package installed, but you can choose to have one or several route packages installed depending on where you fly. Ensure you traffic settings for Ships and Ferries are 5-10% to avoid conflicts with other AI ship traffic including default.
The route packages are:
Gaist-Africa-Routes – including routes covering Africa East and West Coast
Gaist-Mediterranean-Routes - including routes covering the Mediterranean Sea, North Coast of Africa, and the Black Sea
Gaist-Euwest-Routes - including routes covering Western Europe from Gibraltar to Arkhangelsk
Gaist-IndianOcean-Routes - including routes covering from Suez Channel through the Red Sea and over the Arabian Gulf to India East Coast
Gaist-Asia-Routes - including routes covering East Asian waters from Malacca Strait to Japan
Gaist-Latam-Routes - including routes covering Latin American coasts
Gaist-NorthAmericaCaribbean-Routes - including routes covering Caribbean Sea, Mexican Gulf and US and Canadian East and West Coast
Gaist-AustraliaOceania-Routes - including routes covering Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania
Some longer routes pass from one region to another so you might see more traffic by having neighboring packages installed.
Once again, make sure to remove old versions of Global AI Ship Traffic before installing.
- Models do not have hard decks - it will eventually be reintroduced later
- Effects will display best with ground wind setting between 5 - 15 knots. Below this wind speed not much to see, above they might look exaggerated-
- The MSFS engine is simple and not very stable; ships will sometimes be unstable or making strange movements if they meet other objects
- Not all ships appear in harbor areas with heavy scenery; some prioritization by the sim engine can prevent some ships from showing
- The project includes more than 15.000 textures and almost 900 model files, we do expect some glitches - if you find something really disturbing, please send me a PM here or comment on forums.flightsimulator.com
- If you experience freeze at start up of a flight reduce the number of regional traffic packages active as the number of traffic bgl files have caused issues for some users depending on system and settings. Reducing traffic to have just one or two regions active at the time should solve the issue.
- Please notice that some models are intentionally not linked to routes at the moment but they will be needed once we launch a Real Time Version of the traffic.
Models in Global AI Ship Traffic are the result of long time collaboration between a group of friends and developers. Please respect copyrights. Models are copyright of Henrik Nielsen, Erwin Welker, Jean-Pierre Fillion, Knud Kristoffersen, Martin Rueedi, Larry Robinson, Dexter, Milton Shupe, Manfred Siedler, Bernardo Barroso, Paul Donnelly, Finn Kristoffer, Didier ‘‘Lagaffe’’ Puentes, Andrew Thomsen, Kevair, Robystar, Antonio Diaz, Sebastien Viale, Alberto Garcia, Cxema, Pascal Dumat, Rick Keller, Lazarus Starkweather, Dave Garwood, Darren Lane, Jan de Jong and more.
Referencing models in other projects or any other use or sharing of the models included in Global AI Ship Traffic / GAIST can only happen after written permit by the respective copyright holders for the individual models.